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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 18, 2010 4:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: what this lacks in sound quality, just might get made up for with performance

No Larry, I recently reviewed 1/16/70. I think its one of the better three-star shows archived here!

The sound quality is far from perfect, but it has its moments. Particularly a dynamite performance of Easy Wind...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-01-16.sbd.popi.7111.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jan 18, 2010 10:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: what this lacks in sound quality, just might get made up for with performance

Okay so I gave it a listen. I agree that it is neither the best sound quality or best performance but liked the extended H2H (not as much as the ones we talk about in '71), the China>Rider and the Good Lovin' sequence. Easy Wind is nice to hear since there are so few. I do think meat's point is correct that this is a show that if you had on tape back in the day, you cherish it. But we are not back in the day and there are so many better performances from that year that are available within a fingertip's distance, I can't see this one becoming a go to show for '70. I don't feel it was a wasted effort though. Truthfully they rarely are.

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Poster: amosearle Date: Jan 18, 2010 1:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: what this lacks in sound quality, just might get made up for with performance

" with Oakey notes of an extended Hard to Handle and some fruity balls"

Perhaps we should start reviewing shows in the language of the vino, yes?

I don't want to taste balls with my Pino, but I think I get it. Makes me want to stock up at Traders Joe's on the way home.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jan 18, 2010 1:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: what this lacks in sound quality, just might get made up for with performance

Actually Cliff has used wine ratings as a template for his reviews for some time and in the past has discussed shows as being able to "age well." So i think he understands what i meant.

I agree that I don't want my wine to taste like balls, just to have some. My personal favorite for terms describing a wine's taste or smell is "scorched earth." I have no clue what this means. AshesRising once suggested to me that it meant the wine has a hint of Hiroshima in it.

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Poster: amosearle Date: Jan 18, 2010 2:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: what this lacks in sound quality, just might get made up for with performance

I Like the "age well" standard.

I don't download or care to hear the post dead stuff past a first listen, but will burn a '71 Hard to Handle to CD for the car for that very distinction.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 18, 2010 4:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: what this lacks in sound quality, just might get made up for with performance

In this case I would liken 1/16/70 to an old dried up claret from a superb vintage. At one time it may have been lovely, however it has lost all its fruit and there is not a great deal left to it now. Nonetheless 1970 was an extraordinary vintage and there is still some pleasure to be derived from it. Remember, there are no great old wines, only great bottles. (90 pts)

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jan 18, 2010 5:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: what this lacks in sound quality, just might get made up for with performance

I saw your review and thought about giving that one a go a few days ago. Just didn't get around to it. I appreciate that you don't give everything 5 stars yet are still able to recommend the 3 star shows. Easy Wind sounds like a plan.

Did you happen to get the email that I sent you on Friday? Wasn't sure if you changed it due to recent events.

btw, finally got around to the Clos de los Siete. Very nice. If you like that one, you may want to also try the Amancaya. Same country, same price range, similar type of blend. Also in that range is the Tikal. Different blend: To me it tastes like a pinot with balls.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 18, 2010 4:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: what this lacks in sound quality, just might get made up for with performance

Larry, I did get your email, thank you very much for sharing that with me.

I'm glad you enjoyed the Clos de los Siete! I will keep my eyes peeled for those Malbecs that you recommended!